Bideford College is no longer in special measures after its latest Ofsted inspection.

Staff, students and governors have been celebrating after Ofsted formally lifted special measures and descrived it as an ‘improving school’.

Since its inadequate Ofsted rating in January 2016 the college has become part of the Launceston College Multi Academy Trust, which has worked closely with the leaders of the college to ensure sustainable improvements.

In its report issued today, following a two-day inspection last month, Ofsted describes the college as ‘an improving school’ with progress evident across all five key areas.

The inspectors commended the ‘rapid improvements in teaching’ which was described as now ‘more challenging’ enabling students to make better progress.

The improvement in students’ behaviour has created a learning environment described by inspectors as ‘calm and orderly’.

The inspection team also noted the breadth of the curriculum, which enables ‘students to study a wide range of subjects at GCSE.’.

Jack Jackson, CEO of the Launceston College Multi Academy Trust, said: “This is recognition of the hard work of staff and students at Bideford College.

“The report identifies that, although we are not there yet, Bideford College is on a journey to becoming the great school that our community deserves.”

Students were described as ‘enthusiastic learners’ and the sixth form was also praised for its students’ good progress.

The inspectors reported that the students have ‘good attitudes to study’, ‘enjoy their study programmes’ and ‘take on responsibility willingly.’